On this dismal day, I needed to keep busy and do something cheerful.
I had Christmas remnants from last year, so I made these tree mug rugs.
I saw the pattern on Diary of a Quilter.
Like usual, I do not read all of the directions.
This resulted in the tree top point not being done correctly.
I have some small star buttons in my Christmas Buttons jar, so I will just cover up that boo-boo.
I found some pieced segments from the backing of a Christmas quilt I made last year.
I salvaged enough to make two mug rugs.
My stash bin had a remnant from the backing of the quilt that I made
for my brother.
It was a dark blue with light blue polka dots.
I had enough to make a 20 inch by 20 inch tote bag.
I used the Moda Bread and Butter Mini Charm pack to design a patchwork heart.
I wished I had purchased two of the same pack.
One pack made one heart.
I used the remaining charms to form a pattern on the back.
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to add denim or orange polka dot.
I asked my two sisters for input.
They liked both.
I decided to use the blue polka dot remnant for the top and side borders.
There are 8 rows.
Each row has 8 squares. (2.5 inch)
The side borders were cut at 2.5 inches wide.
The top and bottom borders were cut at 3 inches.
I stitched in the ditch, then I outlined the heart and the squares with a whipped running stitch, using orange and yellow embroidery thread.
Orange and white polka dot fabric for lining (Purchased at Hobby Lobby in Round Rock)